John Jasper, a brooding, moody choirmaster at a finishing school in Victorian England, maintains a secret life that includes frequenting an opium den. His tortured mind becomes obsessed with a young student, Rosa Bud, who is engaged to his nephew Edwin Drood. When she senses the intensity of Jasper's feelings, she becomes frightened of him and avoids his company. When the mixed-blooded Neville Landless and his twin sister Helena arrive at the school from Ceylon, Neville and Edwin take an immediate dislike to one another over Rosa's affections. Although they quarrel and make up, Edwin disappears, and suspicion logically falls on the quick-tempered Neville. Written by
Part of the original SHOCK THEATER package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with SON OF SHOCK, which added 21 more features. See more »
After the first dinner party, as David Manners and Douglass Montgomery are walking down the street to go home, the shadow of the boom mike can be seen in the background on the side of the buildings. See more »
I was quite surprised to find this to be a grade A film, beautifully made with excellent cinematography, sets, costumes and stellar performances from the entire company. The involved plot is well laid out by the other reviewer on this site - Lady Kiara - so I won't repeat it here.
Suffice to say Montgomery gives one of his finest performances in a dual role -as the hot-headed Neville Landless and the mysterious stranger - and Heather Angel is perfectly cast as the innocent and meek Rosa Bud. Rains is as always superb as the crazed and jealous would-be lover. Outstanding is character actress Zeffie Tilbury as the Opium Woman.
This is excellent film and excellent Dickens. Highly recommended.
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